Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Dead Easy: Chocolate Chip Blondies

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I love a one-bowl recipe.  Lately, with my MA course ending and changes at my job and this massive manuscript edit looming over my head, all I've been wanting to make are easy, comforting, quick recipes – had you noticed?  With the exception of the lemon cream pie, nearly everything I've made in the past 2 months has come together in under an hour and involved one bowl, a couple of measuring cups, and a (usually lined with foil) baking dish/tray.  Few steps, few ingredients, few dishes to clean up – great result.  That's my kind of recipe.

These chocolate chip blondies are no exception; they use one bowl, one measuring scoop, one teaspoon, and a spatula.  Line your baking dish with foil or greaseproof paper and you won't even have that to wash!  Oh, and did I mention that the dough takes like five minutes to put together?  Yup, seriously.  And there are only five steps:

  1. Melt butter in a big bowl in the microwave
  2. Add brown sugar and stir
  3. Add egg and vanilla and stir
  4. Add salt and flour and stir
  5. Add extra goodies and stir

I kid you not, this may well be one of the easiest baked goods I've ever made.  I barely even had to look at the recipe as I threw it together.  As the Brits would say: dead easy.

Chocolate Chip Blondies:
     barely adapted at all from SK

Preheat oven to 350F/175C and line an 8x8 pan with parchment.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt:
     1/2 c (113g) butter

Add, stirring until smooth:
     1 c light brown sugar

Add, stirring until smooth:
     1 egg
     1 tsp vanilla

Add, stirring just until combined:
     1 pinch salt
     1 c flour

Chuck in and give a quick stir:
    1/2 c (or a bit more if you like) chocolate chips 

Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out imperfectly clean (I like a little gooeyness left, because I like my blondies a bit squidgy in the middle).  Let cool before slicing.


  1. Bookmarked this to make. Looks excellent, thanks!

  2. Hi Nicole,

    I hope you like them!


  3. I am trying these tonight! Wish me luck!

  4. Good luck! I hope they turn out as well for you as they did for me!

  5. Is there really no leavening agent? Baking Powder, etc?

  6. Nope, no leavening agent at all! They're quite dense as a result, so if you like a cakier blondie you might want a different recipe.

  7. So glad I came across this! My friend makes awesome blondies, and, while I've made them with her, I forgot the approximate measurements she uses--this recipe looks damn close.

    Thanks a bunch!

    1. no worries – i hope they're as good as / close to as good as your friend's!

  8. Wonderful preparation this is :) I am adding it to my Food Recipes book


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